CAREY - Carey Village Council has a new face and a new voice after Mellisa Cole was approved Monday by the council to fill the vacant seat of John Green, who resigned at the end of May.
Cole was voted by a 3-1 blind vote to fill the term with former Councilwoman Lois Kurtz getting the other vote.
Linda Kin also was on the ballot, but didn't receive a vote. As she is Councilman Chad Kin's mother, he abstained from voting.
Cole is the athletic trainer for Carey schools and has lived in the village for three years with her husband, Tyson, a Carey native.
She said it was time to be a engaged part of her community.
"I really want to start getting involved in more of the community," She said. "We have younger kids now and I want to lead by example and show them that when you do care about something and you know you make a difference, then that's what you should be doing."
Bob Styer is to serve as vice president pro tempore since Green was serving in that role.
The village also recognized Carey Police officer Sutton Flick for his role in the apprehension of Richard Clark, who was convicted earlier this year of murdering two people at the Carey Conservation Club. The club lies in the county, so when the call went out, Flick drove three miles into the county and was the first officer on the scene. Without backup, he was able to detain Clark and secure the scene before more law enforcement arrived.
Flick was awarded a Medal of Valor. He also had been recognized by Owens Community College as its Officer of the Year and by the state's Fraternal Order of Police, finishing second for the award.
In other news, council:
Was informed by Clerk Jeni Fletcher that audits have found $23,000 in unaccounted for transactions in the village. Although there was $7,000 unaccounted for, council voted to write it out of the General Fund, which brings the village current as of Jan. 1, 2012. State auditors are in the village this week to audit the past two years.
Heard from village administrator Roy Johnson about the paving bids. The village is to use Shelly Co. to pave West Street from Maple Street to CR 96, Columbus Avenue from East Findlay to Toledo Street and the alley between West Brown and West North streets. The cost of the project is $84,998.70.
Was told by Johnson the village has been conditionally approved for a 1.1 percent-interest loan for $5.5 million to fund an electrical upgrade project. It is to coincide with the $1.5 million grant the village is receiving from the Economic Development Administration. The loan is contingent on the village accelerating its electrical rate increases to 4 percent next year and 2 percent in 2016 instead of a 2 percent increase in each of the next three years.
Approved Cole's Do-All Vinyl Siding of Tiffin to handle roof replacement at Village Hall. The bid came in at $48,520, which was more than $12,000 better than the next closest bid. The project is to be paid through three enterprise funds including water, sewer and electric. It's expected to be completed in mid-September.
Was given notice the village has executed contracts for the Ohio Public Works grant and no-interest loan. Once bids for the project come in, the village will be able to start phase two of the storm culvert project from North Patterson Street to the Senior Depot. In a separate water-related matter, the new water line loop and site tap for the new school have been completed.
Was notified of the construction schedule for the solar field. Installation will begin in September with an expected completion by the end of the year.
Heard from Johnson about projects the village will need to explore. One multi-million dollar project would be a water replacement and repair project on the east end of town, which would upsize the lines, looping off the dead ends and in the process, increase capacity for fire purposes. Johnson also said sewer water treatment and collection facility could use new equipment instead of replacing or repairing the old equipment. The new equipment would be cheaper than repairing the old and more efficient.
Heard from resident Roger Jenot, who came to the council to share concerns over the speed of motorists through the alley between West North and Brown streets. He said he was concerned for children who play in the area. He also asked for something to be done about the motorcycles on his road, who are revving their cycles at odd hours and racing down the street. Police are to look into it. Councilman Mike Blair instructed the department to put up 15 mph signs in the alley.
Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 18.